The Berkeley Faculty Service Award (BFSA) honors a member of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate for their outstanding and dedicated service to the campus, and whose activities as a faculty member have significantly enhanced the quality of the campus as an educational institution and community of scholars. This award recognizes Senate service, which is essential to the ideal of shared governance, and contributions that have had a lasting and significant impact on the excellence of the Berkeley campus.

The Berkeley Division is pleased to honor Janet Broughton, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, and Bob Jacobsen, Professor of Physics, joint recipients of the Berkeley Faculty Service Award for 2016.

  • Janet Broughton
    Professor of Philosophy, Emerita

    Professor Janet Broughton has served the campus community with great distinction in numerous and increasingly demanding roles throughout her long career on our faculty. These roles include her tenure as chair of the Department of Philosophy and her stint on the Academic Senate’s Committee on Budget and Interdepartmental Relations, which she chaired in 2004-05. Hardly taking a breath, she then went on to serve as Dean of Arts and Humanities from 2006 to 2011, and then immediately took up the position of Vice-Provost for the Faculty, until she retired in July 2016. This record of service, during the many challenges the campus has been facing, is remarkable and meritorious in itself. But what particularly stands out in Broughton’s service, as her responsibilities grew to embrace the entire campus, is her combination of dedication, skill, tact, firmness, initiative, and fairness, to mention just a selection of the special qualities our colleagues value so highly in her work.

    As dean of arts and humanities, Broughton won the admiration and gratitude of her department chairs as she led the division through budget cuts and other pressing problems. They have unanimously endorsed this nomination. To quote them, “she helped the Division take huge steps forward in developing our capacities and ideas for ‘digital humanities’. She was always open to hearing chairs’ suggestions and comments and initiated seminars and workshops for incoming and even continuing chairs to learn about situations they may not have previously encountered.” Mellon grants, American Council of Learned Societies’ postdoc fellowships, and Arts & Humanities Divisional Awards are among the many areas in which Broughton promoted the research and teaching of humanities.

    As vice-provost, Broughton drew on her varied experiences as chair, dean, and Budget Committee member, to improve the academic personnel process in numerous ways. Faculty well-being is cardinal to the success of any academic institution. Broughton has gone out of her way to humanize the appointment and merit system, in order to make its workings as transparent and equitable and timely and respectful as possible. Two successes during her term include the 2014-15 faculty salary equity study and the creation of BMAP (the online Berkeley Manual of Academic Personnel). Her accessibility and reassuring presence are legendary. No job on campus is tougher than this one. She has fulfilled it with remarkable success.

  • Bob Jacobsen
    Professor of Physics

    Professor Bob Jacobsen has long been a positive force for change on campus, in the department, in the Academic Senate, and in the UC system. Bob currently serves us as Professor of Physics and as Dean of Undergraduate Studies in L&S. His service to the Division started in earnest in 2000 when he joined the Committee on Courses of Instruction. He then served on the Committee on Admissions, Enrollment, and Preparatory Education (AEPE) for six years, three years as chair, and went on to serve on the systemwide Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools for five years. He also served as a member of the University Athletics Board. He served as vice chair (2010-11), then as chair of the Berkeley Division in 2011-12. Bob’s passion for our undergraduates shows in his current position where he is advocating for a more meaningful lower division experience. He has worked on improving teaching evaluation through faculty visits and on fighting grade inflation through contextual grading. But Bob has always served our undergraduates: he consistently taught additional courses for Physics, including freshman seminars and additional regular physics courses. Physics Chair Steven Boggs sums this all up: “Tens of thousands of Berkeley students have benefited directly from Bob's work. He is a treasure for the University. I cannot imagine an individual more deserving of the Berkeley Faculty Service Award.”

Previous Years

2015-2016
  • George C. Johnson
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Harry N. Scheiber
    Chancellor’s Professor & Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and History, Emeritus
2014-2015
  • Margaretta Lovell
    Jay D. McEvoy Chair in the History of American Art
  • Joseph Cerny
    Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
2013-2014
  • Fiona Doyle
    Executive Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering
  • Nicholas Jewell
    Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics in the School of Public Health and the Department of Statistics